Moriah Wilkins Shares How Social Inequity Inspired her Path to Advocacy

Moriah Wilkins (’21), current Fellow with the Legal Aid Justice Center, was featured in a preLaw magazine article highlighting the growing field of public interest law and her alma mater Northeastern University School of Law’s public interest mission (“Best Schools for Public Service,” Back to School 2021). Moriah recounted working as a paralegal for the Department of Justice and what inspired her to practice public interest law. “I was involved with securities and financial cases, and while it was important to hold corporate entities and individuals accountable, I began to realize that the nature and amount of advocacy for low income people was not the same as it was for large, rich corporate interests. There were so many people experiencing housing insecurity, who could not even afford a sandwich, which was disturbing to me and influenced me to advocate for the most vulnerable in our communities. I went to law school to help undo and mitigate the inequity in our society.”